Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering

Qualification code: 90128
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 144
SAQA ID: 112054
APS/AS: 60
Purpose statement:
The specific purpose of the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering is designed to build the necessary knowledge, understanding, abilities and skills required for further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Professional Engineering Technologist. The qualification design is aligned to the Standard for Engineering Technologists as required by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Therefore, learners will have the ability to apply established and newly developed engineering technology to solve broadly-defined problems, develop components, systems, services and processes. They will be able to provide leadership in the application of technology in safety, health, engineering and commercially effective operations and have well-developed interpersonal skills. They will also have the ability to work independently and responsibly, applying judgment to decisions arising in the application of technology and health and safety considerations to problems and associated risks. Therefore, Professional Engineering Technologists learners will have a specialised understanding of the engineering science that underpins specific technologies together with financial, commercial, legal, social and economic, health, safety and environmental matters. The qualification serves to provide learners with knowledge in chemical engineering. The knowledge emphasises chemical engineering principles and application. Also the qualification provides learners with an in-depth knowledge base in a particular field or discipline and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to a particular career or professional contexts, while equipping them to undertake more specialised and intensive learning.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.


How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level